Monday, April 23, 2012

Remembering Doris Betts

I was shocked to read this morning that North Carolina author Doris Betts passed away on Saturday. She was 79 and had lung cancer. The last book I read of hers was Souls Raised from the Dead, her 7th novel and winner of the Southern Book Award in 1995. I really enjoyed that and Beasts of the Southern Wild, her 1998 collection of short stories that contains her award-winning story, "The Ugliest Pilgrim."

Here's an article that talks a little about her life, but I'm sure much more will be published about her in the days and weeks to come.


Marianne Wheelaghan said...

Thanks for the link, Louisa. What an interesting woman and greta writer. I like her comment:

“You have to want it a whole lot. There are lots of easier things to do,” she said in 1997. “I simply was more stubborn than some people.”


Louisa said...

Thanks, Marianne! How true...